Arcadia locks down first round Home playoff spot

By Shawn C. White

Under The Radar NWLA

The Hornets (7-3) were in a good position to lock down a first-round home before the last game of the season.  All they had to do was get by the winless Plain Dealing Lions (0-10).  Mission accomplished.   The Hornets dropped a couple of spots after the win and we’re at No. 13 when the brackets were released on Sunday morning. 

Ryheem Abney was the top rusher for the Hornets with a single run for 75 yards with a touchdown. Abney also added a kickoff return to the end zone.  Bratreviauntae Ferrell, Ian Fitzgerald, and Omarien Carr all had rushing touchdowns. Carr also added a pick-6 and a punt return for a touchdown.

Tayshaun Johnson led the defense with 8 tackles (3 solo, 10 assists). Johnson also had a fumble recovery for Arcadia.    Joe Salvaterra had 6.5 tackles (3 solo, 7 assists). Sophomore Kylon Clark added 6 tackles (1 solo, 10 assists).

Omarien Carr gave the Hornets an opening score on a 4-yard touchdown run.  Carr took another six points on a pick-6 that was returned 55 yards to the end zone.  Carr wasn’t done yet as he returned a 69-yard punt for a touchdown.  Arcadia was already up 22-0.  JJ Ray answered for the Lions on a 78-yard kick return to close the gap to 22-8.  Rodtravious Jackson connected with a 38-yard touchdown pass.  Rhyheem Abney broke loose on a 75-yard run.  Arcadia took a 38-8 first quarter leader.  

Plain Dealing reached the end zone as Aaron Reddix crashed into the end zone. Ferrell jetted downfield on a 50-yard run.  Fitzgerald took his trip to the end zone with a 25-yard run.   Arcadia had a commanding 54-12 

Abney scored his second touchdown with a 55-yard return.  Reddix gave the Lions their last score of the season as Arcadia wrapped up the win 66-22.

Arcadia learned their playoff dates on Sunday morning as they will host the Lake Providence-based General Trass Panthers (5-5) on Friday night.  The winner will travel to Haynesville for the second round.

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